MASSAGE THERAPY FAQ

 


Q. What Does RMT Stand For?
A. Registered Massage Therapist

Q. How long will my first appointment take?
A. Massage therapy appointments can be booked in slots of 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute visits. It is important to arrive 10 minutes before your initial appointment time to fill out a health history form. The initial visit will include a 10-15 minute assessment that may include an interview process and hands on testing to determine the necessary course of treatment. For this reason we recommend booking at least 45 minutes for your first visit.  The last 5 minutes of the treatment usually include demonstration of self care or remedial exercises.

Q. Do I have to take my clothes off?
A. Massage therapy treatments are best performed through skin on skin contact.  We can modify the treatment to work directly over clothing or over sheets if desired. It is up to you on which articles of clothing to remove as you will be instructed to undress to your comfort level, however most patients chose to fully disrobe. Sheets are provided and you to cover yourself prior to the massage therapist entering the room.  During a treatment, only the areas being worked on will be undraped, all other areas will be covered by sheets and blankets. 

Q. Do you do deep tissue massage?
A. Yes. At the start of the treatment, the massage therapist will set up a pain scale with you to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment. The therapist will check in during the treatment to see if they are using enough pressure or if you desire more.
 
Q. Do you use any hot or cold hydrotherapy applications?
A. At Bayside, we have access to both hot and cold applications. On hand we have ice, as well as thermaphores to provide deep, moist heat. Often if the client cannot tolerate the weight of an ice pack, there is always the option of an ice massage. Depending on the condition, the massage therapist will decide the appropriate treatment and can recommend appropriate hydrotherapy treatments for home care such as paraffin wax treatments or Epsom salt baths. It is important to understand the length and temperatures of the applications in order for them to have their desired outcome. The therapist might perform a small test patch at the beginning to make sure there will be no adverse reaction to hot or cold therapy in the treatment.
 
Q. I have heard about breast massage, is that something you offer at your clinic?
A. Breast massage is offered at Bayside Health & Wellness and is carried out with utmost professionalism. If you are interested in breast massage or information regarding such, we recommend you discuss it with the therapist before the appointment to ensure you are comfortable with the process and to answer any questions or concerns.
Breast massage is indicated for general drainage problems, pre/post menstrual pain, breast swelling and/or congestion, discomforts of pregnancy and/or lactation, blocked milk ducts (contraindicated if mastitis), pre/post surgery including breast augmentation or reduction, symptomatic relief of pain, promotion of good quality scarring and relief of adhered, restrictive or painful scarring, common benign breast conditions, assistance with breast health, discomfort from cancer treatment, rehabilitation from cancer treatment. 

Q. My children are covered by benefits, is there a certain age you must be for massage?
A. There is no age requirement for someone to receive a massage.  We are trained in infant massage and pediatric massage as well as informational sessions for parents. Children can benefit from massage to manage growing pains, anxiety, to help with autism and cerebral palsy symptoms and to help promote healing of injuries. Infants can benefit from massage to help with digestive issues and to increase bonding between parents and child. The guardian must be present to give consent for massage prior to their first session.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to be present with their children during massage treatment sessions.

Q. I have TMJ disorder, do you perform intraoral massage?
A. Our massage therapists are trained in intraoral massage for the condition of TMJ disorder. Before the treatment, an assessment is performed to see if intraoral massage is indicated for that day. The massage therapist will set up a hand signal with you before so you can communicate with them during the treatment. All our therapists take precautions for your health and safety as treatments are performed with non-latex gloves. 

Q. I am on certain medications, can I still get a massage?
A. At the initial treatment you will fill out a health history questionnaire that informs the massage therapist of any medications you are on. Based on your answers, the therapist will decide whether massage is indicated or not. Registered Massage Therapists can modify the treatment based on the medications you are on by varying techniques or through positioning. It is important at the beginning of each treatment to tell your massage therapist if there are any changes to your medications or if you are currently taking any over-the-counter medications or vitamins. In addition, if you are planning on seeing your massage therapist you may want to refrain from taking any pain medications before the treatment as it can affect your tolerance to depth and pressure for some techniques.
 
Q. How often should I get a massage?
A. At the initial treatment, the massage therapist will discuss a treatment plan with you. This includes how often you should return to see us and when we will assess your progress. Duration and frequency is based on the condition, age, nutrition, activity level and optimal recovery times.  It is also based on your compliance in terms of performing the home care exercises prescribed to you.  If you are seeing us for wellness massage or maintenance treatment we generally recommend monthly sessions.
 
Q. Why Bayside Health & Wellness?
A. At Bayside Health & Wellness your comfort, health and experience while under our care is our #1 priority.  We will listen to your concerns and address them in a friendly, professional environment.  Our Registered Massage Therapists have a diverse background in education and experience.  Combined our RMTs have over 20 years of experience in patient care.  They have educational backgrounds in undergraduate level toxicology, pathology and fitness training.  Through their personal interest and participation in athletics, our Registered Massage Therapists have superior insight into musculoskeletal conditions and how best to recover from them.